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Shadow Warriors Shadow Warriors - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Shadow Warriors - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Side-scrolling two-player Ninja beat-em-up with lots of destructible scenery. Hurl an enemy onto a bit of scenery and it will shatter to reveal a power-up. Lots of graphical jokes too.

Shadow Warriors was produced by Tecmo in 1988.

Tecmo released 64 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1985. Tecmo was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Tecmo during the time period Shadow Warriors was produced include: American Football, Gemini Wing, Tecmo Bowl, Rygar (PlayChoice), Argos No Senshi - Legendary Warrior, Tecmo Bowl II, Back Fire, Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Ryukenden, and Silk Worm


Name Shadow Warriors
Developer Tecmo (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9501
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Shadow Warriors Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Shadow Warriors KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.33 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 4.40

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 4.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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COPY OF: Ninja Ryukenden

This game is known as Ninja Gaiden in the US.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Shadow Warriors Census

There are 14,944 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,544 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,327 machines (6,937 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 14 known instances of this machine owned by Shadow Warriors collectors who are active members. Of these, 14 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


TECH: The board will run happily with a standard 8-wayjoystick and three buttons, though it's slightly easier to control with the "proper" joystick which has the "grab" buttonbutton 1 on top.

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